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Community Efforts to Clean Up Contaminated Water in One California Town

Rosa Perez worries about what many years of consuming the tap water in Fuller Acres might have done to her family’s health. PHOTO BY MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO “Lawmakers need to figure out better ways to balance the interests of industry with protecting people’s health.” BY CLAUDIA BOYD-BARRETT n the dusty outskirts of Bakersfield, California, Rosa Perez and her family are living without a basic housing amenity—clean water. … Continue reading Community Efforts to Clean Up Contaminated Water in One California Town

What Makes Yiwu a Desirable Place for Foreign Merchants to Settle in?–  A Study of the Muslim Community in Yiwu

Authors: Fengnian Cai, Jiamei Wang, Yue Wu  Giant Arabic letters in shopping malls, loud chatter in diverse languages, the sweet smell of shisha smoke in the evening air, and Muslim women wearing colorful Hijabs watching the news from Al Jazeera (a Middle-Eastern news channel) by the streets — a unique scene indeed. This is a city filled with all sorts of Halal food and Islamic … Continue reading What Makes Yiwu a Desirable Place for Foreign Merchants to Settle in?–  A Study of the Muslim Community in Yiwu

Community Efforts to Clean Up Contaminated Water in One California Town

BY CLAUDIA BOYD-BARRETT Rosa Perez worries about what many years of consuming the tap water in Fuller Acres might have done to her family’s health.PHOTO BY MARTIN DO NASCIMENTO “Lawmakers need to figure out better ways to balance the interests of industry with protecting people’s health.” On the dusty outskirts of Bakersfield, California, Rosa Perez and her family are living without a basic housing amenity—clean water. Though … Continue reading Community Efforts to Clean Up Contaminated Water in One California Town

Thai trash collectors threatened by continued waste imports

Surging imports of plastic waste have put a strain on the livelihoods of Thailand’s informal trash collectors Throughout September, hundreds of garbage collectors from Thailand’s Saleng and Recycle Trader Association (SRTA) gathered in Bangkok to protest outside government offices against the continued import of foreign waste. Since the start of 2018, when China began imposing bans on waste imports there, Thailand and other countries in … Continue reading Thai trash collectors threatened by continued waste imports

What difficulties have Yiwu foreign trade companies encountered during the pandemic?

By Liheng Xu, Wenchong Xu, Xinyu Xiao, Rui Ke, Hengen Qi (listed in no particular order) “One of my friends lost 600,000 RMB in an account due to black money handed to him by a customer, and he now has nothing,” said Muhammad, a 24-year-old native of Jordan. He moved to Yiwu six years ago to work as a middleman. Such stories are not unheard … Continue reading What difficulties have Yiwu foreign trade companies encountered during the pandemic?